(Standard DVD) Out of the Archive: Class 50

(Standard DVD) Out of the Archive: Class 50

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A video survey of all fifty of the BR class 50 locomotives in operation. Filmed in the 1980s and 1990s.

This programme takes a look back at the popular class 50s hard at work on the Western Region of British Rail throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. Their impressive large-logo livery and the heavy beat of their 2700hp English electric 16CSVT engine made them popular with enthusiasts. We take a step back in time to review the heyday of the class from the Cornish mainline to Network Southeast's commuter trains, to Speedlink freight and heavy holiday expresses to the Westcountry.

Featured in this programme:

50050, 50033 and 50007 on the 'Cornish Caper' railtour, 50016 under the long-gone semaphore signals at Newquay, 50055 at St.Austell on Speedlink freight, 50040 filmed from Burngullow Signalbox, 50047 heading West out of St.Austell and 50019 at Par.

A focus on the Devon main line to Exeter with 50049 on West Coast Mk3 stock at Newton Abbot, 50031 storming up Hemerdon, 50011 at Exeter, 50023 + 034 double-head bound for Paignton.

Three class 50s in convoy, 50012 at Cheltenham, 50023 departs Reading, 50030 storms up Whiteball, 50012 on Aberdeen - Penzance express, 50020 at Okehampton, an astounding soundtrack as 50029 attacks Bruton bank, 50016 under the semaphores at Exeter. Plus over 120 other sequences of pure English Electric class 50 nostalgia.